September 11, 2008 Subject:
In 2008 Sebastian Big moved from Bucharest to his hometown Baia Mare, Maramures region. Baia Mare is maybe first known as a miner community town, with a long working class tradition and a strong Hungarian cultural influence. First he started the CLEAR SKIES free magazine open for subscription. After CLEAR SKIES came the TREABA pdf free zine.
TREABA should be best described as political comix - politicomix(as Big named it in one email). Basically TREABA collides different didactic methods taken from different traditions and time periods. Marxis hardcore political economy meets modern city life in its most benign and innocent form. Illustrations seemingly drawn from English learning books, Conversation skills guides, Learning English at home are all used for a different and more urgent need. You never get to see who is actually speaking and filling the text baloons of the middle class characters till the end. The real author is always hidden and
separated from the main text. Marx is always left at the bottom just his critical output is let loose on the sit-com society.
TREABA # 1 shifts to the bottom of the American century and its core values, the sacred mechanism of father worship starting in the log cabin, capitalist market tricks as stress relief represented by pressure points techniques.